An integrated approach of community health worker support for HIV/AIDS and TB care in Mozambique.
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AbstractABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The need to scale up treatment for HIV/AIDS has led to a revival in community health workers to help alleviate the health human resource crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Community health workers have been employed in Mozambique since the 1970s, performing disparate and fragmented activities, with mixed results. METHODS: A participant-observer description of the evolution of community health worker support to the health services in Angonia district, Mozambique. RESULTS: An integrated community health team approach, established jointly by the Ministry of Health and Medecins Sans Frontieres in 2007, has improved accountability, relevance, and geographical access for basic health services. CONCLUSIONS: The community health team has several advantages over 'disease-specific' community health worker approaches in terms of accountability, acceptability, and expanded access to care.